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๐Ÿ”ย The Work/Experience Career Trap

๐Ÿ’ผ finding work Jan 16, 2024

If you’re trying to find paid work composing for media, I’m sure you’ve fallen into this trap.

You Google “film music jobs” on Google, or see an opportunity pop up on social media. Your heart races with excitement as you imagine the thrill of working on that project. ๐Ÿคฉ

And then you read the job requirements. Your heart sinks.

You’re not qualified. โŒ

They’re looking for a genre you’ve never composed for. They want 5+ years of previous work experience. They want referrals from clients you don’t have. They use software you’ve never touched.

At this point, you probably feel like you’ve got two options:

Option A: Apply anyway. Create a custom portfolio and cover letter for the job, learn what you need to learn to (hopefully) get hired, and “fake it ‘til you make it”.

Option B: Pass it up. Wait for something to show up that looks more “in your zone of expertise” (though work like that doesn’t seem to show up often, or at all).

But what if I told you you’ve been playing the game all wrong? ๐Ÿค”

If you’re trying to pivot and optimize for every job offer you find online, you’re going to lose. There will always be another composer who’s spent YEARS becoming a specialist at the very thing the hiring parties are looking for, someone willing to do the job for less money (or free), or someone with a beefier portfolio than you.

The only way to win this game is to NOT PLAY.

So if applying to jobs are out, how can we find work WITHOUT the work experience/credentials to get hired?

It’s simpler than you think… ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

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